Here we are in Week 8, another crucial one for your Fantasy Football season. Wins are huge at this stage of the year, either to stay at or near the top of the pack or to make up ground while you still can and we are here to help you with just that in the Week 8 Start or Sit column.
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While we don’t have the Fantasy powerhouses on byes this week like we did in Week 7, there are still four teams to work around. For Week 8 we have Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and Washington taking the week off.
Make sure to put guys from these teams on your bench and take a look at our Week 8 Start or Sit column below for some guidance on your options. You might also find some help over at our weekly waiver wire column, right here.
As always, you probably can’t bench some of the guys mentioned below, but adjust your expectations up or down accordingly and consider these recommendations when looking at options for your starting lineups. Let’s take a look at our Week 8 Start or Sit suggestions and how it might impact your team!
Week 8 Start or Sit
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
Many may not realize that Rivers is off to an historic start this year. He has thrown for more yards through the first seven games of the season than anyone other than Peyton Manning in 2013 and Drew Brees in 2011. He has thrown under 300 yards just twice and has only one game without multiple TD throws. As long as he’s putting up these numbers, Rivers is in the Fantasy MVP conversation and should be fired up every week. What makes this week special is the Baltimore Ravens. They are last in the league in Fantasy points allowed to QBs and have allowed multiple TD games every week with the exception of their Week 1 matchup against a washed up Peyton Manning.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets at Oakland Raiders
While still a streaming QB, Fitzpatrick keeps getting the nod in one of my 2QB leagues. I keep thinking the implosion is just a week away, but he keeps putting up decent, if not spectacular numbers. He’s a high to mid range QB2 at this point. Can we get another week of production out of Fitzpatrick? I think so looking at this matchup. The Raiders are ranked 25th in Fantasy points allowed to QBs. The only QB not to throw multiple TDs on them is Peyton Manning. Count the Amish Beard in for another 260, two TD sort of day. If Oakland can coax him into running a couple times, you might get 30 on the ground, too!
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers
The Colts will need Luck in the air this week so he may want to throw another chunk of beard over his shoulder or something. They face the Panthers and the Colts franchise signal caller has looked off since his shoulder issue came up. In his defense, he’s gone over 300 yards with three TDs in each of his last two games, but that was against New England and New Orleans. Neither of those pass defenses are considered “good.” This week the Panthers present a tougher challenge with emerging shut down corner, Josh Norman, and a defense allowing the fourth fewest Fantasy points to QBs. They’ve let just one QB, Drew Brees, throw for over 300 yards this season. You won’t realistically bench Luck, but this is a gut check wee to see if he really is healthy or not. If he goes over 240 with one TD, it’s a positive result against Carolina.
It’s time for Matt Ryan to put up a solid QB1 week if he’s going to step into the mid to upper range of Fantasy quarterbacks this season. He gets a plus matchup against the Buccaneers and I’d like to see him put up his first 300/3 game this year. Aaron Rodgers faces the best pass defense in the league this week in Denver. He’s still Aaron Rodgers but this could be a challenging week and an interesting matchup to watch. Hold your horses on the Derek Carr bandwagon. He’s traveling to Jersey this week to face the Jets and an excellent pass D. Jay Cutler likely has a much healthier Alshon Jeffery to throw to but faces a Vikings defense that allows the seventh fewest points to QBs.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
This is a stat padding game for Lynch. The Cowboys have allowed over 100 yards rushing in four straight and now rank 30th in Fantasy points allowed to running backs. Lynch should be good for a 20-plus carry game and is in line for another 120 yards and one or two TDs.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants
#Giants allowing 4.88 YPC to RBs last 3 games, including 29-152-1 to Darren McFadden last week. Mark Ingram gets them at home in Week 8.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 27, 2015
After starting strong this year, the Giants run D has allowed 101, 156, and 194 yards on the ground with a TD in each of the last three games. The Saints offense looks to be waking up with Ingram shouldering much of the burden. This feels like a perfect match up on paper for the Saints running back. Anything less than 130 and a score would be a disappointment.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Doug Martin gets an Atlanta defense that allows the second most Fantasy points to RBs. However, looking closer the Falcons actually allow just 78.6 yards on the ground per game and haven’t allowed a 100 yard rusher since Week 3. Their issue lies in the 10 touchdowns they’ve let in on the ground. This suggests that Martin may be somewhat TD dependent this week. Still, you start the sixth ranked running back knowing that Tampa will try to get him going to keep Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman on the sideline.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks
I know, you just picked up McFadden and can’t wait to start him. Well, this is not the week to roll him out if you can avoid it. He gets Seattle on Sunday, who currently allows the second fewest Fantasy points to RBs. Hope that he makes it out of this week without breaking so you can start him down the road.
Latavius Murray goes from a great matchup last week to the worst possible this week against the Jets. Bench him if you can. The Vikings have been solid against the run since the nightmare in Week 1. Because of this, Matt Forte may be hard pressed to reach his usual point total, but he’s an every week starter due to volume. This feels like another Giovani Bernard over Jeremy Hill week against Pittsburgh. Ronnie Hillman is likely to see the majority of carries in Week 8 and gets a middle of the road matchup against the Packers. He is start worthy if you are in a real pickle.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs
You’ve finally made it through the painful part of Megatron’s schedule. Savvy owners may try to buy low this week as he has clear sailing going forward, albeit with a bye week on the horizon. Johnson draws the Chiefs in Week 8, a team allowing the most points to wide receivers in all of football. This might be the last chance to buy low on the aging, but future Hall of Famer as I fully expect him to put up a stat line in the realm of 140-plus yards and couple scores.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
With the Chargers putting up historically important stats in the passing game, Allen is turning into an every week WR1. He’s gathered 62 catches through seven games, putting him on pace for 141 catches on the season. Baltimore has completely fallen apart against the pass and is allowing the second most points to WRs in football. Use Allen with confidence this week and continue to fire him up every week as long as the Chargers offense is playing like this.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers
After an extraordinary game last week, expect some correction against the Panthers this week. While he should avoid Josh Norman at times, Hilton looks more like a WR2 than a WR1 due to this matchup. Don’t expect a repeat of last week’s performance.
Facing Tennessee this week, DeAndre Hopkins gets a tougher than average matchup. He is still a Top Five option at the position, but temper expectations a little. Steve Smith Sr. gets another difficult draw against a Chargers team allowing the third fewest points to wide outs. In what feels counterintuitive, both Denver and Green Bay receivers face rough matchups against above average secondaries. This game might not be the shoot out many would historically think of when seeing these two teams meet.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks
As good as the Seahawks have been on defense, the chink in their armor appears to be stopping the tight end position. They have routinely let players in this position produce and currently allow the second most Fantasy points to tight ends. With Dez Bryant returning, this will only increase Witten’s stock this week. If the defense shifts attention to Dez, Witten should have more room to operate in the middle of the field.
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Brows at Arizona Cardinals
Barnidge has proven to be one of the better waiver wire adds so far this season. He’s the second ranked TE in Fantasy points on the season and continues to produce. Well, this week he gets the Cardinals who haven’t allowed a TD or over 75 yards to a TE this season. If Barnidge can produce this week, he needs to be considered match up proof.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
‘Free runners’ designed key of Minnesota Vikings defense https://t.co/nenlNGRPdh
— Minnesota Sports (@iMinnesotaSport) October 26, 2015
The Vikes have produced solid defense all season and continue to improve as the season goes on. They allow the second fewest actual points at 17 per game which limits the Fantasy upside for teams playing them. The Bears are allowing the fifth most points to Fantasy defenses with Jay Cutler never afraid to force a couple picks in any given game. Even with Alshon Jeffery getting healthy, this is a plus matchup for Minnesota.
Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers
It’s tough to bench the best defense in the league this year. However, going up against one of the best offenses is risky. Even great defenses sometimes bend to great offenses, so if you have another option, feel free to go for it.
Best of luck with your Fantasy Football teams this week! Hopefully our Week 8 start or sit column helps guide you to victory.
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